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Northwest Region Data

The Northwest consists of 18 counties stretching two-thirds of the way across the state.  Its largest city is St. Joseph, birthplace of the Pony Express and Jesse James’ last home.  It also includes such gems as Amish Jamesport and sparkling Conception Abbey, Nodaway County.  Top industries include retail trade, farming, food services, and construction.

The regional average wage was $780 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2015.


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Two-Year U.S. Consumer Price Index(CPI)
2015 2014 Percent Difference
237.0 236.7 0.1%
(1982-84=100, not seasonally adjusted)
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Area Population 2015 Income 2014 Taxable Sales Total Revenue 2015
Total Personal Income Per Capita Income
Andrew County 17,296 $710,486,000 $40,882 $86,330,055
Atchison County 5,306 $268,491,000 $49,887 $52,330,728
Buchanan County 89,100 $3,234,409,000 $36,144 $1,401,329,224
Caldwell County 9,014 $326,968,000 $36,193 $41,774,044
Clinton County 20,609 $767,864,000 $37,828 $99,536,034
Daviess County 8,253 $314,181,000 $37,867 $59,002,179
Dekalb County 12,687 $318,425,000 $25,089 $135,235,321
Gentry County 6,692 $301,257,000 $44,134 $48,713,991
Grundy County 10,097 $351,553,000 $34,476 $89,041,511
Harrison County 8,615 $321,417,000 $37,205 $117,640,683
Holt County 4,484 $207,539,000 $45,956 $42,627,333
Linn County 12,308 $459,769,000 $37,346 $124,675,962
Livingston County 15,028 $531,174,000 $35,287 $217,636,784
Mercer County 3,694 $141,133,000 $37,949 $29,318,649
Nodaway County 22,810 $703,236,000 $30,468 $250,444,541
Putnam County 4,858 $184,263,000 $38,158 $37,623,242
Sullivan County 6,353 $288,345,000 $44,977 $42,950,676
Worth County 2,057 $91,566,000 $44,171 $12,406,482
Northwest Region Summary 259,261 $9,522,076,000 $36,592 $2,888,617,439



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Local Area Unemployment Statistics August 2016
Area Civilian Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Andrew County 10,060 9,609 451 4.5%
Atchison County 2,852 2,677 175 6.1%
Buchanan County 46,681 44,413 2,268 4.9%
Caldwell County 4,649 4,395 254 5.5%
Clinton County 11,214 10,657 557 5%
Daviess County 4,164 3,969 195 4.7%
Dekalb County 5,136 4,872 264 5.1%
Gentry County 3,689 3,517 172 4.7%
Grundy County 4,887 4,608 279 5.7%
Harrison County 4,028 3,838 190 4.7%
Holt County 2,786 2,675 111 4%
Linn County 5,246 4,763 483 9.2%
Livingston County 7,405 7,075 330 4.5%
Mercer County 1,906 1,809 97 5.1%
Nodaway County 11,087 10,412 675 6.1%
Putnam County 2,578 2,451 127 4.9%
Sullivan County 2,815 2,607 208 7.4%
Worth County 1,209 1,164 45 3.7%
Northwest Region Summary 132,392 125,511 6,881 5.2%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top High Growth Industries
(2-digit sector)
4th Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
31 - Manufacturing 239 15,486 $220,500,819 $1,095 0.8%
62 - Health care and social assistance 1,195 13,425 $148,445,667 $851 1.6%
44 - Retail Trade 794 12,367 $77,546,923 $482 1.7%
56 - Administrative and waste services 260 4,419 $31,735,361 $552 16.8%
42 - Wholesale trade 348 3,432 $44,105,367 $989 0.8%
23 - Construction 601 3,323 $45,748,391 $1,059 7.2%
52 - Finance and insurance 401 3,143 $42,508,221 $1,040 0.9%
48 - Transportation and Warehousing 245 2,637 $25,539,891 $745 2.5%
11 - Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunti 147 1,823 $15,947,876 $673 6.3%
71 - Arts, entertainment, and recreation 73 834 $3,633,233 $335 9%

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Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages
Top 10 High Growth Industries
(3-digit sub-sector)
4th Quarter 2015
Industry Number of Firms Average Employment Total Wages Average Weekly Wage Percentage Growth from Prior Year
000 Total Private 5,907 75,724 $767,933,434 $780 1.9%
311 - Food manufacturing 41 6,024 $77,589,935 $991 1.6%
561 - Administrative and Support Services 232 4,221 $29,890,613 $545 17.3%
622 - Hospitals 9 3,801 $58,637,038 $1,187 2.8%
621 - Ambulatory Health Care Services 296 3,081 $55,418,570 $1,384 0.6%
624 - Social Assistance 799 2,504 $10,358,637 $318 7.4%
445 - Food and Beverage Stores 68 2,009 $9,733,365 $373 0.2%
238 - Specialty trade contractors 383 1,936 $24,557,284 $976 7.3%
447 - Gasoline Stations 119 1,823 $8,737,047 $369 9%
424 - Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 153 1,770 $21,707,838 $943 0.3%

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Top 10 Occupations by Earnings 2015
Occupation Employment Hourly Wage Annual Wage
Mean Median Entry Experienced Mean Median Entry Experienced
291069 - Physicians and Surgeons, All Other 70 $126.96 NA NA NA $264,070 NA NA NA
291062 - Family and General Practitioners 270 $105.56 NA $68.02 $124.32 $219,555 NA $141,488 $258,588
291021 - Dentists, General 50 $94.56 $91.89 $47.11 $118.29 $196,690 $191,141 $97,982 $246,044
291061 - Anesthesiologists 70 $94.48 NA $29.44 $127 $196,522 NA $61,233 $264,166
291151 - Nurse Anesthetists NA $76.09 $73.26 $60.8 $83.73 $158,266 $152,372 $126,472 $174,163
291051 - Pharmacists 220 $59.42 $60.32 $52.55 $62.86 $123,597 $125,471 $109,300 $130,745
231023 - Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 30 $59.05 $65.02 $42.59 $67.28 $122,830 $135,233 $88,596 $139,947
119041 - Architectural and Engineering Managers 40 $56.65 $50.2 $41 $64.47 $117,823 $104,422 $85,282 $134,094
113121 - Human Resources Managers 40 $51.69 $45.08 $31.65 $61.71 $107,513 $93,763 $65,829 $128,354
112022 - Sales Managers 70 $49.75 $43.06 $26.24 $61.5 $103,470 $89,572 $54,583 $127,913

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Top 10 Occupations by Projected Growth
Occupation Employment Change Annual Average Openings Outlook
Estimated 2012 Projected 2022 Numeric Percent
151133 - Software Developers, Systems Software 7 10 3 42.9% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
512099 - Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other 292 393 101 34.6% 15 54 - Above Average B+
212011 - Clergy 29 39 10 34.5% 2 54 - Above Average B+
251072 - Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary 41 55 14 34.1% 2 52 - Well Above Average A
151121 - Computer Systems Analysts 50 67 17 34% 3 52 - Well Above Average A
151143 - Computer Network Architects 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
192032 - Materials Scientists 3 4 1 33.3% NA 54 - Above Average B+
251071 - Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 33 44 11 33.3% 1 52 - Well Above Average A
291181 - Audiologists 6 8 2 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A
535021 - Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 3 4 1 33.3% NA 52 - Well Above Average A

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Consumer Price Index by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); all other tables produced by MERIC in cooperation with BLS.